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March 16, 2016
EM headquarters and field office leaders gathered for a one-day workshop to examine the various contractor oversight programs in place across the EM complex.
EM Leaders Work to Further Strengthen Oversight

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s senior leaders recently met at the Hanford Site to discuss ways to strengthen how EM oversees the work of its cleanup contractors.

March 16, 2016
Theresa Kliczewski, environmental protection specialist in EM’s Office of Disposition Planning and Policy, explains the GTCC EIS path forward to participants in the Waste Management Symposia 2016 in Phoenix.
Final Environmental Impact Statement Brings DOE Closer to Disposing Unique Waste

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM celebrated a milestone recently when DOE issued the long-awaited Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Disposal of Greater-Than-Class-C (GTCC) Low-Level Radioactive Waste and GTCC-Like Waste.

March 16, 2016
Christine Gelles leaves EM this month for a position in the private sector.
Longtime EM Exec Christine Gelles Departing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Christine Gelles, an EM executive whose work contributed to a range of waste management accomplishments over more than 20 years at DOE, departs this month for a position in the private sector. Gelles will become corporate vice president and chief strategy officer at the energy and environmental consulting firm Longenecker and Associates.

March 16, 2016
Workers connect the power supply and instrumentation in AP-02A.
Hanford Tank Farm Workers Begin Tank Waste Retrieval Ahead of Schedule

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Office of River Protection (ORP) and tank farms contractor Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) began retrieving waste from underground double-shell tank AY-102 this month, ahead of schedule, meeting requirements of a settlement agreement with the State of Washington.

March 16, 2016
Hix, right, discusses a work assignment with a team member.
Hanford Employee Returns to Finish Glovebox Cleanup as Team Lead

RICHLAND, Wash. – For Gary Hix, a recent accomplishment at the Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP) ended a long career chapter at the Hanford Site facility.

March 16, 2016
Overpacked drums are shown before entering AMWTP’s new conveyor system. The conveyor system allows for batch processing of the retrieved, overpacked drums.
Idaho Site’s New Conveyor System Improves Waste Processing Safety, Efficiency

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – When industrialist Henry Ford invented the production line, he likely didn’t think it’d be used to process retrieved transuranic waste.

March 16, 2016
Christine Wipfli heads to Vienna for an IAEA internship.
IAEA Awards DOE Fellow Internship

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A DOE Fellow who cut her teeth conducting research for EM into soil and groundwater remediation at the Savannah River Site (SRS) has been awarded a prestigious internship at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

March 16, 2016
De Rienzo prepares to work on a helicopter while serving in the U.S. Air Force.
U.S. Veteran Working at Savannah River Site Embraces Transition

AIKEN, S.C. – Francesca De Rienzo wanted to earn money for college and travel the world after high school.

March 16, 2016
Portsmouth Site Director Dr. Vince Adams (left) presents U.S. Army Major Ryan Watson with a framed photo of the Portsmouth Decontamination and Decommissioning Project. In the foreground from left are EM Federal Project Director Jud Lilly, Adams, Watson, and Fluor-BWXT Site Project Director Dennis Carr.
U.S. Army Battalion Tours Portsmouth Site

PIKETON, Ohio – EM recently welcomed 32 members of the U.S. Army 412th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne – Tactical) to tour the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site.

March 9, 2016
Top EM Leadership to Participate in 2016 National Cleanup Workshop

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EM’s senior leaders are set to join the 2016 National Cleanup Workshop in mid-September in the Washington, D.C.-area.